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Plantation on Crystal River Resort Review

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Plantation on Crystal River Resort Review

The Plantation on Crystal River is the ideal getaway for boating families with plenty of amenities for both adults and kids.

For the family that loves boating together, the practice of hooking up the boat and trailer to the SUV and packing up the gang for an annual getaway plays a large roll in their lifestyle and has become a tradition passed down through the generations. Many of these trips are centered around a particular annual fish migration or season such as lobster mini-season in the Keys or scallop season on the central Gulf Coast.

The logistics involved in planning such a trip can be complicated and careful consideration needs to be given to a location to ensure the least amount of setbacks while capitalizing on the maximum amount of convenience to make the trip trouble-free and enjoyable.

While visiting the west coast to explore the Plantation on Crystal River for a TV shoot I learned from my Best Boat co-host Lori Hargrave what makes this an ideal location to plan just a family outing and why. The Hargrave family has been participating in a yearly lobster mini-season trip for many years and the tradition is one that began with Lori as a child traveling with her parents. As a mother of two boys passing on the tradition is important and she is no stranger to the many snags encountered along the way while traveling. She shared what made the Plantation such an ideal location for their next outing to Crystal River for a scallop trip.

“For starters, the convenience of a location where you can stay in one spot that provides a launch ramp and secure lot to store a trailer during your stay is ideal. This avoids the need to launch and haul each time you use the boat. A slip to tie up for a weekend is much more convenient. “

Next, access to available activities on the water is a necessity. In the case of the Crystal River area, not only are the scallops close by, snorkeling in the springs, and outstanding inshore and offshore fishing to match is all right there as evidenced by the fishing we enjoyed during our TV shoot.

“Finally, the convenience of all of the amenities you’d need on site plays a huge role in a relaxing trip.”

Comfortable accommodations along with a nice restaurant where you can bring your catch to have it prepared, an on-site dive and tackle center with ice and drinks available to stock the boat with. And being just a few minutes from town, if you need to grab any incidentals you may have forgotten- all add to the easier experience she’s looking for.

She added that it didn’t hurt that the resort has activities on land for recreation such as golf and a spa in the event that mom decided to take a day off from boating and relax on her own. After considering each of these points it became as clear as the local waters why this would indeed be an ideal destination for the next Hargrave vacation.

Plantation on Crystal River aerial view
The Plantation on Crystal River provides an all in one stop location for boating vacations that cater to all of your needs directly on site.
Plantation on Crystal River dock with boat
Among the convenience for visiting boaters are in water bulkhead slips and a ramp with trailer storage on site.
manatee tours on crystal river
Guided tours into the crystal clear waters to view manatees are a popular attraction at the Plantation.

Plantation on Crystal River event facility
An event facility to host business outings is available for large corporate groups.
close up on reel of kid fishing
Multiple fishing opportunities are available for everything from shallow water sight fishing to Gulf of Mexico grouper on your boat or with one of the resort's guides.
Plantation on Crystal River golf course
For a break from the water activities a round of golf breaks up your stay nicely.


Crystal River kayaking
Miles of crystal-clear protected waterways are right outside your door for peaceful exploring on paddle craft.
Plantation on Crystal River resort pool
A relaxing swim and lounging poolside is great for unwinding after a day on the water.
Plantation on Crystal River restaurant and bar
A great option to finish the day after fishing is to have a cocktail at the bar while the Plantation’s talented chef cooks your catch for dinner.
room service fruit and pastry on bed
Too tired for the restaurant one night? Room service is available as well.
Plantation on Crystal River rooms
Comfortable rooms combine the best of old world and new Florida style.
Plantation on Crystal River spa
A welcome break from the fast-paced activity based vacation is a spa visit for the women to unwind.
gulf of mexico sunset on the beach
Sometimes a simple sunset over the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most memorable moments of your stay.
Plantation on Crystal River tiki bar
A full-service Tiki Bar poolside is a fun way to do a bit of adult relaxation.
wedding venue in crystal river
The Plantation at Crystal River is a wonderful location to host a destination wedding as well with accommodations on site for the entire guest list.

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